New picture books to tickle your fancy
Books to laugh out loud with including some gorgeous finalists in the NZ Post Children’s Book Award.
Chopsticks / written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ; illustrated by Scott Magoon.
“Chopsticks, the “cool and exotic” duo first introduced in Spoon (Albert Whitman, 2010), have always done everything together, from playing hide-and-seek behind the broccoli to twirling spaghetti. However, when they experiment with karate chopping the asparagus, disaster strikes. While the broken one rests, allowing the glue to set, his partner never leaves his side. After a week passes, however, the injured chopstick insists that his friend venture out on his own. Reluctant at first, protesting that he can’t possibly do anything by himself, the chopstick eventually discovers that he can indeed function independently, and when his friend has recuperated, they discover new things together.” – (adapted from School Library Journal summary)
Stomp! : a dinosaur follow-the-leader story / Ruth Paul.
The dinosaurs play follow the leader as they stomp through the swamp. Baby dinosaur tries desperately to mimic his elders with not much success. However, when it’s his turn the older dinosaurs have difficulty following him when he floats on water, goes under creepers, and crawls. A finalist in this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
The cat’s pyjamas / Catherine Foreman.
Another finalist in the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards. This is a story of a cat has a different pair of colourful pyjamas for every night of the week, and every night they lead to the most delightful dreams. Well, nearly every night!
Waiting for later / Tina Matthews.
Later never seems to come soon enough! But sometimes waiting for later can be full of surprises. Yet another finalist in this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards this tale of waiting and imagining is beautifully illustrated.
I broke my trunk! / by Mo Willems.
“In “I Broke My Trunk!” Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own?” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)